Canada’s 2I’s: Reconciling International Student Migration and Indigenous Peoples


Reconciliation rests at the nexus of relationships between immigrants and Indigenous peoples of Canada. Setting out this literature review was focused on providing an environmental landscape on what has been researched on the reconciliation between international students, Canadian higher education, and Indigenous peoples. However, as this comprehensive literature review will demonstrate there is considerable extant literature regarding related topics, new immigrant transitioning, socio-cultural and historical contexts, contestations, and decolonizing initiatives within universities and communities, which while related and offer opportunities of engagement, do not delph deep into Canadian higher education’s role (as an economic immigration pathway) in the reconciliation of international students (as potential new immigrants and settlers) and Indigenous Peoples’ Whilst this literature review explores key concepts and contestations its’ overall purpose has been to reveal gaps, and crevices, which demonstrate the need for research into Canadian higher education’s ethical and fraught role into reconciling international students and their relations with Indigenous peoples. This literature review is followed by research recommendations focused on addressing the gaps identified and formed around two key questions: 1. how do international students’ perceptions about Indigenous peoples change and 2. how might this contribute to reconciliation, if at all?

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Sabreena MacElheron, Lakehead University, Canada

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Conference: ACEID2022
Stream: International Education

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MacElheron S. (2022) Canada’s 2I’s: Reconciling International Student Migration and Indigenous Peoples ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2022 Official Conference Proceedings
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